170 posts by Ashlijill

Hello, and Happy Almost Christmas!  Have you made your lists and checked them twice??  As per usual, Christmas snuck right up on me, while I was busy lighting Hanukkah candles and being showered with tons of incredible birthday love. At the ripe old age of 39, I can tell you one thing for certain, I […]

Hey, y’all!  Thanksgiving is just 2 days away, and I am super excited for my favorite holiday of the year.  My mom is coming to town in mere hours!!!!!  I hope you’ve already done your planning and shopping, so you don’t have to head into the last minute madness, but if you haven’t yet- fear not. […]

At 8:30 am this Sunday, while I wiped the sleep from my eyes and noticed that my only snuggle partner was my fourteen year old dog (lifted lovingly onto the bed each morning by her papa), I heard a familiar muffled clamor coming from the kitchen.  My husband was making fresh sausage for us to […]

Hello, and happy summer to all of you!  It’s a delightfully sunny Monday morning, and the cool breeze feels like an unexpected gift, reaching me even as I write you from my screened porch.  I’m celebrating today!  Why?  Well, because today marks the fifth year of me being a free agent.  Early this morning, all […]

Well, it’s already February, and I haven’t even wished you a Happy New Year.  What a slacker!!!  Happy New Year, my friends!  I hope your holidays were spectacular and that you’ve welcomed this brand new year with gusto.  I wonder if you’re sticking to your resolutions… I’ve been happily busy cooking for clients these last […]

It’s a confusing 73 degrees outside in December, but I know it’s holiday time, because I just demolished the last of my Aunt Fran’s Chex Mix for breakfast.  Every year, her kitchen transforms into a Chex Mix construction site for hours on end, until she’s filled about a billion canisters, bags, and pretty boxes full […]

The holidays are coming!  The holidays are coming! Yeeha!  I am excited for all of the upcoming festivities.  And for me it starts with a friend’s wedding this weekend, and I’m speaking in it!  No pressure there or anything.  😉  I’ve got my speech written, I’ve practiced reading it aloud, and I’ve gotten my mama’s […]

Life has a way of sweeping me off my feet sometimes and carrying me for a few weeks before setting me back down, cheeks all sore from smiling and completely wiped out.  Since late September, I’ve been in a swirl of birthday celebrations, welcoming sweet new babies into the world, spectacular wedding festivities, our third […]

I wore white pants today.  Sure, it’s after Labor Day, but I figured there’s still a few more days left of summer, so I might as well rock them one last time.  Some people say the “white pants rules” are a thing of the past anyway, but I’m no fashion expert.  What I can speak […]

Being a cook, and a lover of food who can whip up a meal from just about anything, gives friends, clients, and neighbors the green light to hand off all manner of food-related items that they can’t use.  This is a total blessing for me, as there’s always room in my fridge for more.  The […]